LAHORE – The use of the concept and methodology of “experiential learning” for training and development needs is increasingly being employed by progressive organizations in the corporate and development sectors in Pakistan during the last one decade and has helped them in creating and harnessing efficient and strong teams for organizational success.
This was the crux of the speeches and presentations of a number of corporate trainers and senior executives at the alumni dinner of “Leadership Xpedition” programme being run by a training organization, Training Impact, which has pioneered and led wilderness-based experiential learning trainings for corporate leadership in the country since 2004.
The event drew a large number of alumni of the Leadership Xpedition programme from a host of local and multinational organizations such as Habib Bank Limited, Engro Group, Indus Motors, Hino Pak, Thal Engineering, Shabbir Tiles and many others.
“Experiential trainings are driven by the urge of adventure and survival instincts and the two extremes when brought together play an important part in shaping and reinforcing desired messages among the participants which would not be otherwise possible in a class room indoor environment” said Naseem Zafar Iqbal, CEO Training Impact Pakistan, on the occasion.
Corporate leaders and HR professionals from different organizations shared the results achieved through the said programme and acknowledged that during the years of association with the programme it has yielded higher retention and productivity driven through motivation and team spirit.
It may be mentioned that experiential education focuses on learning through first-hand experiences and aid tremendously in acquisition of skills, knowledge and desired or required set of behaviours. The idea is driven from the premise that learning is a process and knowledge is created through transformation of experience.
An international conference on experiential learning – the first on the subject in Pakistan – was also announced on the occasion to be held on October 28-29, 2015.